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Singapore, 9 APRIL 2020 – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment (BNE) and ARC SYSTEM WORKS (ASW) today announced that Guilty Gear -Strive- will be published in EMEA and Asia (except South Korea and Japan) by BNE. The partnership reconfirms the relationship between the two publishers, after the collaboration on the critically acclaimed DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ. Guilty Gear -Strive- will release on PlayStation 4 in autumn 2020.
Guilty Gear -Strive-is the seventh main installment in the Guilty Gear Franchise. This latest iteration will bring the franchise to the next level with new gameplay and updated design, created by the main development team that is lauded over their previous work.
“We are pleased to announce that BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT will be distributing the latest title in the Guilty Gear series, “Guilty Gear -Strive-“. I am surprised that the chit-chat I have exchanged with Harada-san a few years ago has come to fruition.” comments Daisuke Ishiwatari, General Director of Guilty Gear Series, “I wish this partnership will bring new joy to more users in Europe and Asia.. We are working hard with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment to get people in Europe and Asia to play Guilty Gear more than ever before. Please look forward to it!”
“I have always been thinking that it would be great to partner with Arc System Works, and I’m happy we were able to push this forward. We wish to further enhance and promote the fighting game community together.” says Katsuhiro Harada, BANDAI NAMCO General Producer. “The continued collaboration between the two means we can bring more exciting games to every dojo around the world!”
The closed beta test for Guilty Gear -Strive- will run from April 16 to April 19, 2020. Both Online Match play and VS COM will be available in the beta and participants will be able to play with Sol, Ky, Chipp, Axl, Potemkin, May, and Faust.
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Get a glimpse of the Guilty Gear -Strive- universe and characters with this Opening Movie featuring most of the cast, some playable like I-No, others non-playable like Colin Vernon, the President of the United States, that will take part in the culmination of Sol Badguy’s story.
The Story mode will present over four hours of anime cutscenes, while the story depicted in the Arcade mode will be following up the Story mode.
Guilty Gear -Strive- will be released on 11th June 2021 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC. Pre-orders for the Deluxe and Ultimate edition will have an Early Access that will start on 8th June 2021.
Guilty Gear -Strive- Open Beta Test #2 will be happening from 14 May to 16 May, on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. In this new Beta Test, players will be able to try their hand on the complete roster of the game as Anji Mito and I-No join the list of playable characters.
The servers will be opened during the following times:
In addition to the newcomers, the Open Beta Test #2 also comes with improved balancing as well as a revamped online lobby system that players will be able to discover. During the Second Open Beta Test, the following modes will be available:
*Player Matches will not be available during the beta test.
Crossplay will be supported allowing PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players to face each other.
Pre-download for the Open Beta Test #2 will start on 7 May at 10:00AM in each country and players that still have the previous Open Beta Test version downloaded will have a patch that will update the version for the new Beta Test. Details on the timing for the patch availability will be communicated at a later date. In addition to that, the content that will be available during the Early Access for pre-orders of the Deluxe and Ultimate edition, which starts on 8 June 2021, has changed. Players will be able to pick their favorite character from the full roster, and play the online modes. The Story mode will be available in its entirety.
Guilty Gear -Strive-, is having a new release date and will now be available on 11th June 2021. The added time will allow Arc System Works to continue working on delivering the best experience possible for players by polishing some aspects of the game, such as online lobbies and server stability.
For players that have preordered the Deluxe and Ultimate version of the game, Early Access* will now be available on 8th June 2021. Pre-orders for the game are available on the PlayStation Store and on PC. Owners of the PlayStation 4 version will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free.
*Early Access will have 13 out of 15 characters playable. For the Story mode, only the prologue will be available before the release. During the Early Access, online modes will not be available.